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Thread: 243 speer 85 grain btsp H414 loads?

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    243 speer 85 grain btsp H414 loads?

    Does anybody have any experience of reloading H414/speer 85 grain btsp in 243 for Roe? This'll be my first go at reloading (for my Howa 1500 sporter).

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    yes i do

    Hi well i load for my 243 95 graqin ballistic tips with good results 1.2 group at 100mtrs , would you like some loading data i bought 12 kilos 6 yrs ago i understand that its no longer available.

    let me know if you require any loads

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    Hodgdons H414 is still readily available, I think with the 85gr you should be looking at around the 44/45 gr of H414 .Have a look on the Hodgdons site ,I have only used it with 95gr Nosler BT,s

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    Here you go.

    Cartridge: 243 Winchester
    Load Type: Rifle
    Starting Loads
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    Maximum Loads
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    Bullet Weight (Gr.) Manufacturer Powder Bullet Diam. C.O.L. Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure

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    85 GR. BAR XBTC Hodgdon H414 .243" 2.560" 42.0 3048 41,400 CUP 45.0 3306 50,200 CUP


    NEVER EXCEED MAXIMUM LOADS
    Not the same bullet as you were wanting but its a starting point

    Atb Brough

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    In the FYI catagory: On my last hunt in the Dakotas my brother and I loaded some H414 behind a Hornady 100 grain SP for my daughter's 243. Shot like a dream. Dandy cloverleaf groups from a rickety bench! You should find your load. ~Muir

    PS: Hodgdon's web site has all the data you might want...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir
    In the FYI catagory: On my last hunt in the Dakotas my brother and I loaded some H414 behind a Hornady 100 grain SP for my daughter's 243. Shot like a dream. Dandy cloverleaf groups from a rickety bench! You should find your load. ~Muir

    PS: Hodgdon's web site has all the data you might want...
    The Hogdon's site certainly is a good resource and my obvious starting point. I had hoped there may be some other Howa owners out there who could share their experience and help me get on to a load without too much uneccesary experimentation. Most of my shooting looks like it's done from a rickety bench!

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    experimenting is half the fun of it !!

    it took me 60 rounds to get my 6.5x55 down to a sub 1/2" group @ 100 yrds , well worth the time and effort

    now ive got a bullet that out shoots most factory loads , and that i have compolete confidence in , im now about to start loading the 2nd batch of 100 this evening while the mrs is away for the weekend .

    CHEERS LEE

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    Quote Originally Posted by leec6.5
    experimenting is half the fun of it !!

    CHEERS LEE
    You have that right! When you go the route and learn what a rifle likes the hard way, you learn a lot about your rifle and when you get that sweet load, it's well earned. I love working up loads. I once bought a Solid bottomed SAKO bench rifle in .223. Using the very first load I tried, I fired a series of 10 shot groups in the .1" C-T-C range. I was so disgusted I sold it the next week.

    Yes. I was younger and a little looney.~Muir

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    H414 with (sierra 1530) 85g.hpbt. is excellent combo. 41.5 grains is a favourite longstanding load. The bullet would be v.similar to speer you chose; personally I favour the sierra 1530 cos the US forums/data say good things and Federal choose it !!

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